I had wanted to submit my updated commission policy as a separate Deviation which I could link to from my Journal, but submitting a text document to DeviantArt seems to be slightly more difficult than crossing the Antarctic on foot. So I'm putting it here instead, at least for the time being:
Commissions: Terms and conditions.
No copyrighted material (some exceptions): While I appreciate creativity within established universes, I'll not use any copyrighted material without its owner's express permission. If you wish to commission a work depicting a character within a pre-existing universe, that character's design must be fully original. There are some exceptions. It’s my understanding that Games Workshop (Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000) and Privateer Press (Iron Kingdoms, Warmachine, Hordes) both encourage fan-created artwork, even commissions.
Accepting/declining commissions: I reserve the right to choose whether or not I will accept a commission. Regardless of whether I accept or decline, you will receive a response to your request. If you don't receive a response within a few days, that doesn't mean I've declined- it may simply be that I’m busy.
Cancellation: I reserve the right to, at any point during the commission process, cancel work on the commission. Sometimes, issues will come up and I'll not have time to complete a commission within the foreseeable future. If this occurs, you will be refunded anything you've paid up that point (depending on how we work out the payment for your individual commission).
Retains the creative rights to their characters and designs.
May not re-produce or redistribute the commissioned work.
May not exhibit the commissioned work in any online or offline gallery without the artist's express permission. (Universal permission: You absolutely are permitted to display any work you commission from me in your own DeviantArt gallery, provided that you credit me as the artist.)
Nothing Illegal: I won't depict any sort of illegal activities.
Nothing Pornographic: Let's keep it "Rated PG-13”, okay?
On a related note: As a general rule, I don't do nudes. Call me a prude if you must.
What to expect: Bear in mind that I am principally a character designer. I’m not much good at action scenes or environments. Designing characters is what I’m best at, and my assumption is that that’s why most people want me to do work for them.
Pricing: The base price for my commissions is $20 USD, and the cost goes up from there depending upon the amount of work involved. The exact price will be worked out as I figure out exactly how much work will be required to complete the commission. (For reference, a relatively simple character sheet, with color and shading, would run you +/- $60.)
Means of contact: I can work with clients through DA’s note system, but I understand that some people like to communicate through Skype. If you’d prefer to communicate through Skype, please send me a note here on DA letting me know that, and I’ll get you my Skype address. (Important: If you contact me through Skype, please be sure to include your DeviantArt account name in the contact request. This will make it far easier for me to know who you are, and to keep everyone’s names straight.)
Slots system: This is something new that I’m implementing based on last year’s experience taking commissions. In order to prevent myself being overwhelmed, I’ll be accepting commissions on a slots basis, with a maximum of four slots (ensuring that I am at no point working on more than four commissions simultaneously). This will allow me to handle any backlog of clients in an orderly fashion. If your request is in the backlog, I will contact you as soon as I’m available to work on it.
Payment: For the moment, I'm only accepting payment through Paypal. I'll contact you with my payment information upon acceptance of the commission. At that time, we can discuss payment options, such as how or when to break up the payment, if at all.